Current mood: happy
So we just got back from UNC Asheville. Nate’s little sister is a freshman studying meteorology up there. She likes it. It’s a really pretty, really green campus and that whole area is beautiful. The weather was great, there was a nice breeze, we ate hippie food. Lots of fun. Actually, I’m not sure what the food was that we had at the official “family weekend” lunch. It was either flavorless mozzarella or tofu with the texture of mozzarella with roasted red pepper mash and mushrooms on wheat focaccia bread. I think it may have been tofu, but I didn’t eat much in case it was cheese.
Anyway, we ate that after getting up at 6 a.m. and driving from Atlanta to Asheville (after a long wedding and lots of demo reel work the night before), so Nate and I were feeling a bit off. Not bad off, just “we’d like to take a nap now” off. But we toured the campus (not the official tour, we had the Sara tour) and we saw her room and met her roommate. We checked out the Asheville Arboretum which was pretty and then trucked (or car-ed) it over to the Blue Ridge Parkway. I was in the back seat and kept trying to fall asleep, but they kept stopping and pointing at pretty things, so I had to look and take pictures b/c that’s just the way I am. Can’t miss pretty stuff!
We stopped at this trail to a cool overlook and I was finally getting my second wind. This means I was in an extremely silly mood and kept hopping around on the rocks to miss the mud (I brilliantly brought only flip flops and a pair of clogs in case my toes got cold), so I nearly fell on my ass a couple of times. It was fun and the view was great. The best part, though, was the walk up. There were all of these trees that were only about 8-10 feet tallk and they met overhead to create a canopy. So you’re walking along in a little fairy world of trees and mist and dappled light with mose covered branches and lichen covered rocks that jutted out to leave little alcoves. There were trees with big gnarly roots growing over rocks or arching across open spaces where the soil has eroded away. But the coolest part was when the canopy opened up and you can barely see the tops of these tall rhododendrons going on until the land falls off and you see the mountains in the background. It’s like being in a maze in a fairytale, only without the trolls and the dragons.
Anyway, we had dinner and then went to an event for family weekend where they were supposed to keep this little area of shops and such open till 10 for parents and students. Well, apparently they didn’t let the shop owners in on this because 90 percent of everything was closed up for the night by the time we got there at 8:30. Oh well, the items in the windows looked cool. And one of the open shops had a really cool logo. They did have cookies and peach punch and vegan cheesecake (which completely grossed Sara out, but at least she tried it. My main issue with it was the fact that it was lemon poppyseed flavor and the texture just didn’t match the flavor. Other than that, since cutting out dairy, I haven’t been super picky about my cheesecake) So after that we were all ready to go to sleep. We’re so old!
So that was my Saturday in super-fine detail. It was a good time to be had by all. And now I must go do laundry and download images. Fun fun!